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Driving safely around farming vehicles


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Anyone who has driven on a Minnesota roads has, at one point or another, encountered slow moving farm equipment.

According to Mn/Dot 70-percent of Minnesota's traffic fatalities occur on rural roads. In 2010, 114 crashes alone involved farm vehicles, resulting in 2 fatalities.

MnDot officials say it's important for drivers to know it is legal for the equipment to be on the roads... and it's a two way street when it comes to making our roadways safer.

Kristine Hernandez of Mn/DOT said, "Farmers may get complaisant if they are out on the roadway and they need to be mindful that the motorists are out there as well so making sure that they have there emblems secured properly, the lighting is in there especially at night. And them motorists need to be mindful that there's a lot of things that can happen when they are approaching a slow moving vehicle."

 Here's some tips for keeping roadways safe for motorists and farm vehicles:

  • Farmers should use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible.
  • Motorists should slow down and drive with extreme caution when approaching, passing and following farm equipment
  • Be prepared to stop at all times
  • Use caution when you see a Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem.
  • Remember that farmers with equipment must sometimes swing wide when turning. If a farm vehicle swings to the right, don't attempt to pass, they sometimes swing wide to make left turns.
  • Wait for a safe opportunity to pass...the farmer may not be able to pull off the road due to equipment weight or road shoulders.

 It's all about being alert, courteous and patient.

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